May 9, 2013
Malaria Consortium organised an event in conjunction with The Guardian to discuss the role of mosquito nets in long term strategies to help prevent malaria.
Malaria is preventable and treatable yet it remains the biggest threat to families’ health in Africa. The Pioneer project, that Comic Relief supported, has helped to dramatically reduce the impact malaria has on families’ lives by getting the best available tools to the people who need them most, particularly those living in the poorest and most remote communities in western Uganda.
Malaria Consortium, with the support of Comic Relief, staged a forum event hosted by The Guardian. The event looked at the role of mosquito nets in long term strategies help to prevent malaria, and facilitated an opportunity for a dynamic debate around this issue.
Mosquito nets provide a critical line of defence against the spread of malaria. When used regularly by those most at risk, long-lasting insecticide treated nets can avert around half of malaria cases and reduce child mortality by almost one fifth. However, sustainable continuous delivery systems involving all sectors remain limited and with increasing evidence of mosquito resistance to insecticides, there is uncertainty about how nets will feature as malaria’s primary prevention tool.
This event brought together malaria and health development experts from the private, government, commercial and academic sectors in a panel discussion and workshop to listen, learn, and help throw some more light on the future of mosquito nets.
The discussion topics were split into four different issues based on nets with speakers assigned to each subject. Each topic was then discussed further in break out groups of 8-10 people where particular issues were debated before the outcomes were shared with the other participants.
Moving to the next level – Professor Janet Hemingway, LSTM
Growing resistance to net insecticides – Dr Richmond Ato Selby, Malaria Consortium
Approaches to continuous net distribution – Karen Bulsara, Independent Consultant
The role of the commercial sector – Dr Jo Lines, LSHTM
Please see below for videos of the presentations from the four speakers along with the break out discussions:
Click to view videoProf Janet Hemingway, Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineGrowing resistance to net insecticides